Dry Rub Decals

 

What are dry transfers?

Dry transfers are specially prepared decals that can be applied without the use of water or solvents.

They are supplied on a translucent carrier sheet with a pressure sensitive adhesive ready applied.  All you have to do is cut them out and lay the decal over the area where they are required and simply rub down over the carrier to transfer the decal to the surface.

 

Because of the lengthy production times and material costs, they are not the cheapest option, but for many modellers they are simply the only option for an authentic scale reproduction of service markings. Additionally because of the ease of application they are also seen as very convenient for the user.

 

It is also important to point out that dry transfers do have a working shelf life and for practical reasons should be used within 2 years of purchase if stored in the correct conditions. The online instructions offer guidance notes on storage. For these reasons you should order your rubdown decal in a timely manner to use them as quickly as possible.


 

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Best use for Dry Transfers.

The best use of dry transfers is the reproduction of small nomenclature (also known as maintenance marks, or service marks)  which can be a little too small to produce in paint stencils.  Indeed even when paint stencils will work, Dry Rub decals may be preferred because of the speed with which they can be applied.

 

It is possible to produce a wide range of motifs and nose art with Dry Transfers, though they tend to be special orders and dealt with on an individual basis. Please contact me for details. 

 

For a list of the currently available nomenclature sheets please see below here.


 

Pricing

Standard markings seen on aircraft can be produced at a slightly lower cost to one off custom artwork.  It is difficult to offer a price list online as there are so many factors to take into account.  Origination, number of colours, detail, sizing quantity, and uniqueness of the artwork can all have a part to play in the pricing. 

 

Please contact me with your enquiry and I will do my very best to meet your requirements.

 

 


 

Custom Work (non aircraft)

Flightline Graphics can produce artwork for customers who's interests are not related to aircraft.  While time for these projects can be severely limited during peak demand periods, we are always open to new enquiries.

 

Pricing

Pricing can be calculated using the information sheet here.   Please note that the prices on this sheet are not fixed and liable to change so please check regularly for the latest prices.

 

 

Please contact me with your enquiry and I will do my very best to meet your requirements if time permits.


 

Currently available nomenclature schemes.

 

 

Australia

  • CAC Boomerang
  • CAC Wirraway ²

Germany

  • Bücker BU133 Jungmeister
  • Fokker DR.1
  • Fokker D.VI
  • Fokker D.VII
  • Fokker D.VIII (in progress)
  • Fokker EIII Eindekker
  • Messerschmitt BF-109 E
  • Messerschmitt BF-109 F
  • Messerschmitt BF-109 G
  • Messerschmitt BF-110 ¹
  • Messerschmitt ME-262
  • Fieseler Fi 156 Storch
  • Fokker Wolf FW-190 A
  • Fokker Wolf FW-190 D
  • Heinkel HE111
  • Junkers JU 87 Stuka
  • Messerschmitt ME163 ¹
  • V1 Missile (Doodle Bug)

Japan

  • Zero

 

 

Russia

  • Aero L-39 Albatros - Czech
  • Aero L-39 Albatros - Russian
  • Lavochkin La-7
  • MiG-15 Czech Stencils
  • MiG-15 Polish Stencils
  • MiG-15 Russian Stencils
  • MiG-21 Russian ¹
  • Yakovlev Yak-3

 

Switzerland

  • Pilatus PC-21 ²

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom

  • Avro Lancaster
  • Avro Vulcan B2
  • BAE Hawk
    • Red Arrows
    • Black
    • Generic
    • Swiss
  • de Havilland Chipmunk
  • de Havilland Mosquito
  • de Haviland DH82 Tigermoth
  • English Electric Lightning
  • Fairey Firefly
  • Gloster Gladiator
  • Hawker Hunter
  • Hawker Hurricane
  • Harvard
  • Hawker Sea Fury
  • Hawker Typhoon
  • Supermarine Spitfire Ia
  • Supermarine Spitfire II
  • Supermarine Spitfire V
  • Supermarine Spitfire VIII
  • Supermarine Spitfire IX
  • Supermarine Spitfire XIV
  • Supermarine Spitfire XVI
  • Westland Lysander
  • Westland Wyvern

 

 

U.S.A.

  • AT6 Texan (Harvard)
  • Bell P-63 Kingcobra
  • Boeing PT17 / N25 Stearman
  • Cesna L-19
  • Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
  • Douglas A-1 Skyraider
  • Douglas SBD Dauntless
  • Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
  • Grummon F4F Wildcat
  • Grummon F6F Hellcat
  • Grummon F7F Tigercat
  • Grummon F8F Bearcat
  • North American F-86 Sabre English
  • North American F-86 Sabre English/German
  • North American F-100 F4 Super Sabre ²
  • Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit ²
  • Lockheed P-38 Lightning
  • Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
  • Lockheed T33 Shooting Star
  • Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt
  • North American P-51B/C Mustang
  • North American P-51D Mustang
  • Ryan PT22
  • Vought F4U Corsair
   

 

Index.

¹    Currently in design stages and available shortly

²    Nomenclature researched and pending production

³    Actively researching nomenclature details.

 


Be careful of imitations!

Dry transfers, also know as Rubdown Transfers, are produced from film negatives in conjunction with photosensitive chemicals to fix an image in a paint film.  A negative has to be produced for each colour in the image.  Adhesive is applied at the same time so that the "glue" fits the shape of the decal leaving no residues.  These are true dry transfers as supplied by us.

 

Imitation systems using ink-jet and laser printers are claimed to be dry transfers (usually by Arts & Craft suppliers) but sadly lack the opacity and colour richness that can be achieved with real dry transfers.  They also have a transparent carrier film just like waterslide decals to carry the image.   These are not true dry rub decals and will give disappointing results.


 

 

 

 

 

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